May 15, 2019
Alden Mills, author of Unstoppable Teams and Be Unstoppable, a three time Navy SEAL platoon commander,, and
a INC. 500 entrepreneur, shares why starting a company may be even
harder than SEAL training, why corporate cultures are often flawed,
and how the best leaders may fail more times than they
[3:12] Alden is the inventor of
Perfect Pushup. While some may think that was his overnight
success, it really took him 10 years.
[4:08] Be Unstoppable was really a “Just In Case” letter for his four
boys, and a first person account of how he learned persistence and
leading yourself first to lead others.
[6:09] The most powerful human
emotion is the baseline of love.
[6:55] After graduating from
SEAL training, Alden chose to go into the SEAL delivery vehicle
program and spent two tours on submarines. While confined in close
quarters he started his invention sketchbook, and later took a
couple of those ideas to market while in business
[10:14] Being part of the SEAL
team self discipline and focus, but it also meant coming up with
new ways to do things and flexing the creativity muscle.
[13:42] Great leaders maintain a
balance of confidence and humility. They know it’s easy to stay
humble when there is so much to learn and so many to learn
[16:37] We each have the
“whiner” and “whisperer” as voices in our head. We have a choice if
we want to listen to them, or have the courage to go after what we
[20:36] SEAL teams have an
X-Division, where they remove the quitters from the arena. As a
civilian, you have to create your own X-Division so you are not
surrounded by those with a quitting mentality.
[23:04] Alden was told that due
to his asthma he needed to live a less active lifestyle. His
parents encouraged him to keep trying and eventually led him to try
rowing. He ended up becoming a gold medalist in the Olympic
Festival, and Captain of the freshman and varsity teams at the US
[29:17] To lead is to serve, and
to serve is to care. The job of a leader is to build trust and
inspire others to believe in themselves. They do this through
building relationships and empathy, and in turn building
[31:06] A mother that inspires
and encourages is a great example of a leader.
[32:55] The magic sauce we are
missing in today’s corporate world is creating a culture that takes
care of its people.
[36:06] Great leaders are
vulnerable and open to asking for help where they need
[38:02] Alden’s challenge:
remember that imagination and determination are our two biggest
think being a father is the pinnacle of leadership.”
- “Nobody cares how much you know, until you know
how much they care.” - Teddy Roosevelt
are never as good as you think you are.”
need to have confidence. It’s the arrogance that kills
choices determine your outcome.”
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